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Polar Obsession Hardcover – November 10, 2009
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The Arctic is in Paul Nicklen’s blood. Born and raised on Baffin Island, Nunavut, he grew up in one of the only non-Inuit families in a tiny native settlement amid the ice fields, floes, and frigid seas of Northern Canada. At an age when most children are playing hide-and-seek, he was learning life-and-death lessons of survival: how to read the weather, find shelter in a frozen snowscape, or live off the land as his Inuit neighbors had done for centuries.
Today Nicklen is a naturalist and wildlife photographer uniquely qualified to portray the impact of climate change on the polar regions and their inhabitants, human and animal alike. In a wise and wonderful intertwining of art and science, his bold expeditions plunge him into freezing seas to capture unprecedented, up-close documentation of the lives of leopard seals, whales, walruses, polar bears, bearded seals, and narwhals. Bathed in polar light, his images, inspiring and amazing, break new ground in photography and provide a vivid, timely portrait of two extraordinary, endangered ecosystems.
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I like this book because you get a real sense of the person behind the camera and why he does what he does; it's not just a photography book of beautiful images. It has stories about the photographs, which makes it very interesting and relatable--we have a copy at home and I plan to buy one for my twenty-something nephew who loves the outdoors. I think he'll be fascinated by Paul's stories and the wildlife he's photographed.
I no doubt will dream of seals and bears for weeks to come.
Well written and photographed with a skill and passion expected of a National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen has really done it proud. What I wouldnt give to have been there myself is the feeling you get. What more could you ask for in a book?
I do UW photography in warm water and his is hard work!
TIP: If you know someone who likes narwhals, this will leave them speechless...don't even look at anything else, this is what you should buy for them.
I HIGHLY recommend this book. As an animal lover with a great appreciation for photography, I consider this to be one of my all time best Amazon purchases.
Polar obsession is contagious to some of us and this book tells a rich variety of stories about encounters with arctic wildlife.
Paul Nicklen tells of his own experiences with melting ice.
His pictures produce a replica of what the impact of climate change is doing unfortunately to endangered ecosystems.
A must read!
St. Andrews, Scotland
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Breathtaking photos! good coffee table book and my granddaughters love it tooPublished 9 months ago by John B. Shufflebarger
The book wasn't in perfect conditions, although that was part of the deal, the pictures inside are just awesome and they are worth it.Published 14 months ago by Rodrigo
Beautiful photographs, amazing stories... one of the books of its type, ever. Never get tired of the amazing pictures, especially of the leopard seals! Unbelievable!Published 18 months ago by B. Eisemann
A friend of mine traveled to Antarctica and I thought this book would be a nice reminder of that. I considered buying another copy for me that I would cut up and frame the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Juanita Schmitt
Awesome photography! Truly unique! The shots of the leopard seal were unlike anything else I've ever seen. Worth the money.Published 20 months ago by Justin French
This is a beautiful coffee table book! It makes me want to put on my hat and mittens and head up North. Really amazing photographs.Published 21 months ago by Cowboy
This is a great purchase. I recently found out about Paul Nicklen and I am very impressed with his and his teams work.Published 22 months ago by Amy S
Fantastic! Loved it!
I enjoyed reading this book so much. I was sad when I finished it.
The book has gorgeous photographs and interesting text. Read more